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Spicy Walnut Butter

May 4, 2014

This Spicy Walnut Butter is an easy DIY nut butter recipe made with toasted walnuts and spices you’ll find in your cupboard! If you’ve never tried walnut butter before, you are definitely missing out!

I have an obsessive personality. I get obsessive over certain foods, TV shows, music and the 9-week old English bulldog named Petunia who I met last week. I’ll talk about my “obsession-du-jour” incessantly to a point where I actually overdose on it. Nut butter is no exception to this rule.

Spicy Walnut ButterIf you’re unaware of my obsession with nut butter, then you are either a) new to the blog or b) a skimmer. I love me some nut butter of all kinds. Peanut, almond, pistachio, you name it, I’ve made it! I rarely buy nut butters for this reason. Unless someone decides to pay me for my nut butter consumption, it is cheaper for me to make them than buy it in stores.

But more than anything, I need to keep making new nut butters because my obsessive personality causes me to go overkill on whichever one I have on hand. I’ve figured out the only way for me to not get turned off by nut butters is to keep at least 5 open jars in my house at all times. This means that currently I have 1 jar of almond butter, 1 jar of peanut butter, 1 jar of coconut butter, 1 jar of pumpkin seed butter and 1 jar of this delightful spicy walnut butter open.

Spicy Walnut Butter 2I cycle through each. A little almond butter with my waffles, some peanut butter with an apple, coconut butter straight from the jar and my new favourite snack, a banana with walnut butter and chocolate chips. I’ve officially eaten this for dessert 6 nights in a row. This means that 1 month from now, after I’ve eaten it for 30 days straight, the thought of banana + walnut butter + chocolate chips will make me nauseous. Whyyyyyyyyy?!?!

As delicious as this walnut nut butter is, one day it will be added to the “things I’ve ODed on” list which also includes All Bran Bars, Grey’s Anatomy, anything by Avicii and sadly, creamsicles. One day I will learn moderation…I hope.


Spicy Walnut Butter

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 cups 1x


  • 3 cups walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • pinch of cayenne


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread walnuts out on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 mins.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 mins.
  5. Add walnuts to food processor and process until it reaches “butter” consistency.
  6. Add in spices and continue processing until well combined.
  7. Store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator.

Spicy Walnut Butter - an easy DIY nut butter recipe made with toasted walnuts and spices you'll find in your cupboard.
Do you have an obsessive personality? Have you ever “ODed” on something?


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    May 4, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I’m totally a skimmer. Naturally someone who can’t spell, also can’t read very well, so I skim. DAYUM that drippy photo. Nice work!!! Blake counted and I have 9 opened nut butter containers currently. He only eats PB…#sorrynotsorry #moreforme

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    May 4, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I currently have a jar of raw almond butter, sunbutter, salted peanut butter, unsalted peaunt buter, and Justin’s maple almond butter. Oh and now I’ll have some spicy walnut butter, too. Holla for OCD!!!

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    May 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I would never have thought of making a spicy nut butter, I like the idea though! I’m adding this to the list of recipes I want to try but first I have to make your pistachio butter. I’m still just to cheap to buy a big bag of pistachios, why to the shelled ones have to be so expensive??

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    Selena @
    May 4, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Well firstly, I would like to apologize for being so absent from your blog lately! I have been missing your posts and delish recipes! And seriously, spicy walnut butter?! How creative is that? I never would have thought of that but I am LOVING the idea. And by the way I am and always will be obsessed with nut butters + greys anatomy 🙂 I always have like 4 containers of nut butters in my house, except I need to start making my own more! Pinning this 🙂

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    May 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I OD on nut butter, Greek yogurt, and spinach all day err-day.
    I’ve always been afraid of walnut butter because I fear it might be bitter, but this spicy walnut butter looks…well, spicayyy. Which is a good thing 🙂

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    May 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    When I read the title of this post, I was totally expecting a savoury nut butter. I’m glad this was sweet though- cayenne in sweet things is so fun for something different!

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    Mary Frances
    May 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    You photograph nut butters like nobody’s business. I’ve never been able to make them look pretty, but you sure do, EVERY TIME. What a fun twist on walnut butter! I’ve never tried pistachio or pumpkin seed … mmm, as if I need more nut butters lying around the house! You top me with five, I think my max was three 🙂 Looks delicious, pinning!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    May 4, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Can you believe I have yet to make my own nut butter? I think I’m secretly afraid of setting my food processor or blender on fire. Gonna have to get around to it, though… Especially since I haven’t been able to find Justin’s maple AB anywhere 🙁

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    May 4, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I love walnut butter – I am intrigued by the addition of spice to yours! It looks so amazingly drippy as well!
    I have a rather obsessive personality – all or nothing and all that jazz. I have mellowed out dramatically in my early twenties thank goodness, trying for this thing called balance 😉 . I made myself sick of sushi after a sushi making course thing – I still can’t face the stuff!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    May 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Oh how I love nut butters too! I also have about 5 jars open at all times, and I like switching them up. Walnut butter is not one that I have in the house, so I may need to make this!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    May 4, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    We are so the same – except I never get out of my peanut butter phase lol. At all times I have 16 jars from Peanut Butter & Co. in the pantry. Just Crunch Time and Mighty Maple but that more than satisfies me, several times a day!

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    May 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Mmm nut butters. They make me happy. I still have not ventured into making my own. One day.

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